An event is defined as a single, structured, organized, consolidated, scheduled meeting or occurrence on DNR-managed public land where a fee or donation is required for participation and/or the number of people involved is 20 or more.

At a shelter

To reserve a shelter, visit www.midnrreservations.com. If the shelter is not reservable, please contact the facility where the shelter is located. If the shelter rental is part of a larger event, and goes beyond typical shelter use (such as a bounce house), a use permit from the facility may be necessary.


At a park, recreation area, boating access site, or rail trail

Fill out an event use permit application. DNR staff will review your application and give it a “level of use score” depending on the impact it will have on staff and the facility where the event will take place. Event fee schedule – depending on the nature of your event we may determine that there is a fee associated with the event.

Fishing tournaments and land use permits

In addition to registering a tournament on the Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System, a few tournaments may also be required to apply for an event use permit. Please review the criteria for when a fishing tournament may need an event or other use permit. Please contact the facility where the event will occur for questions about whether or not a permit is needed.


In a water body

Fill out a marine event application. An event use permit may also be needed. Please contact the facility where the event will occur for more information.


On state forest land or state game area

If your event will take place somewhere other than a state park, boating access site or rail trail, please fill out an event use permit application for state forest land.

State surface land use fee schedule – depending on nature of your event, monitoring fees and use fees may apply. DNR staff will review your application and determine a “level of use score” depending on the impact it will have on staff and the facility.